I don’t nearly visit my friend Jen in Staten Island as much as I’d like to. As beautiful as the ferry ride is from Manhattan to Staten Island, getting to and from the ferry is a whole other story. So I rented a Zipcar for a few hours (it only cost me $70, gas included!) solely for making the trip.
Ugh, sometimes I just think how great it would be to own a car again. I wouldn’t have to take that roundabout subway ride that takes you through Manhattan when all I want to do is get from Queens to Brooklyn. What’s up with that anyway? Let’s get some better inter-borough transportation here that doesn’t include going through all of Manhattan! I could go on for a while about this. Try me.
I think about the cost of a car in NYC, not to mention the daily parking ordeals, and then I’m like, “Oh right, that’s why I don’t own a car.” For us, Zipcar is where it’s at. It’s a great substitute to renting and you don’t have to pay for gas, so that’s a bonus. And I am now aware I sound like an advertisment.
But seriously. Zipcar, though.
That is one of the many reasons why Jen and I refer to us as “soul sisters”. We grew up going to Rispoli, a bakery in Brooklyn that made Italian ices we dearly loved before they decided to up and close on us. It was such a bummer. BUT. They just opened up a new location in the same neighborhood and the ices just magically showed up at her house in little pint cartons and I just about fell over when I saw my beloved vanilla chip! Nostalgia tastes so so good. But so do the ices! Particularly, the vanilla chip.
If we’re feeling particularly jazzy, we sometimes switch out the term soul sisters for “Ssips sisters”, something we came up with in junior high because we both drank—wait for it—Ssips juice boxes. Oh, the cleverness of us.